The Bruins would seem to be at an advantage as a lockout-shortened NHL season approaches.
For starters, the Black and Gold were one of the best-represented NHL teams in Europe, with 11 members of the team opting to wait out parts of the lockout by playing in Europe. While no one will mistake European action for the NHL, there’s no denying the advantages of staying in game shape while the lockout dragged on. The Bruins have to hope that pays off in a short sprint toward the playoffs.
The B’s also have someone in their organization who knows all about playing a shortened season. Bruins president Cam Neely was still playing in 1995 when another lockout cost the league half a season. Neely scored 27 goals and added 14 asssists in the 48-game season for Boston during that shortened season.
Neely knows that there will be added significance to regular season games, with two points meaning even more than usual night in and night out.
“As a player you usually think, ‘We’ve got 82 games and y...